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Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Labradoodle and Labrador Retriever. Which is better: Labradoodle or Labrador Retriever or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Labradoodle Labrador Retriever Giant Schnauzer
OriginsAustralia England Canada Germany
Group Designer Dogs Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank556180
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Other Names Labrador Retriever + Poodle Labrador, Lab Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition Australian Labradoodle Association International Australian Labradoodle Association American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Large Large Giant
Weight 50-64 pounds (22-34 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Fine Variety of coat types Dense Waterproof Hard Short Wiry
Colors Gold Apricot Caramel Chalky white Black Café Cream Silver Chocolate Parchment Blue They can also have parti-colored coats, which consist of brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors. Yellow Chocolate Black Pepper Salt Black
Grooming
Average: The Labradoodle requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labradoodles shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Affectionate Intelligent Alert Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Labradoodle's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Labradoodles are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labradoodle is a highly playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Labradoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Labradoodles need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labradoodle barks occasionally.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labradoodles are good watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labradoodles are average defenders.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Labradoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labradoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labradoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Labradoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Labradoodles are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labradoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labradoodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Labradoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labradoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labradoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Labradoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Labradoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labradoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labradoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labradoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Labradoodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Health Issues
Labradoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Ear Infections Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Allergies Canine Diabetes Mellitus Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Hypothyroidism Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Labradoodles are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labradoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labradoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Labradoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labradoodle is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labradoodle vs Labrador Retriever vs Giant Schnauzer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

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